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"Another well-spent visit to the Northern Kingdom."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Having lived in New England my entire life, I'm mildly curious as to whether Jay Craven's "Northeast Kingdom" films were ever particularly visible outside the region. They're local and low-budget, but fairly well-made, and usually have one or two people the audience will recognize in the cast. In this case, that's Bruce Dern and Geneviève Bujold, and the movie is plenty good enough that they're not out of place." (more)
"Life and Death in the Arbor"
5 stars
Charles Tatum says... "British film maker Clio Barnard takes what could have been a gimmicky film making stunt, and turns it into a stunning documentary that shakes the viewer." (more)
"A fun, clever twist on classic horror stories."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I likely won't actually have the time to sit down and plot out what the characters are doing to check and see if it all fits together when "Oculus" is released on video, but I'd kind of like to do so. While one does not really need an excuse to watch a fine horror movie again, there's something especially admirable about the ones which take pride in their intricate construction, especially when they are still able to provide legitimate jumps." (more)
"Nothing Here Worthy of a 'Legend'"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "A major box-office bomb that even a wide release and extensive ad campaign couldn't save." (more)
"A fascinating discovery, even with the missing pieces."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The recently-discovered photography of Vivian Maier is striking, impressive enough that even those of us with no particular expertise in what makes a good picture can look at one and recognize something special without some sort of hook. They've got one, though, and "Finding Vivian Maier" is an intriguing look at the photographer's story." (more)
"Dom doesn't necessarily change for the better."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Dom Hemingway feels like he's the sort of character Jude Law could settle into and play for a while, so perhaps it's only fitting that the movie itself plays like a couple episodes of a TV show that have been edited together and released as a feature. That's not a bad thing in and of itself, but it also feels like the producers were given notes between the first and second episodes of this hypothetical program to tone things down and make it more grounded and relatable, even though the madness was what made it fun." (more)
"The first rule of Suicide Club is..."
3 stars
Charles Tatum says... "It's a shame this film, based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, didn't do better than it did." (more)
"Nothing ruins this."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 16: Say this for "Blue Ruin": It starts from a different place that many movies of its type, and that starting point means that even when it doesn't necessarily go in a unique direction, it still winds up in a new place. Going unexpected places in and of itself is certainly a good thing for a thriller like this, but it still needs some navigation, and writer/director Jeremy Saulnier is an impressively sure hand on the wheel." (more)
"A packed psychological cops & robbers thriller."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "You can tell from the opening moments of "That Demon Within" that it's not going to be your standard cops 'n robbers movie, and it's sure not going to stand out for how grounded and realistic it is. This is Hong Kong, and while they may not have invented the operatic crime drama, they do it like no-one else, and nobody is doing it bigger than Dante Lam right now. Like they say, bigger doesn't always mean better, but this is one case where going for it yields something pretty great" (more)
"A frustrating but intriguing debut for Wally Pfister."
3 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Transcendence” looks to be hung up on big ideas, but it’s less a ponderous thesis and more of a good keynote address: it’s flashy, attention-grabbing, full of clichés, and is sold on musings and promises, some of which it actually manages to deliver on. Most of them, however, merely serve as a platform for another technophobic vision of the apocalypse, so Wally Pfister’s directorial debut is but one of many prophets shouting in a crowded landscape." (more)

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